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Title: JIBC Fire Officer Program Redesign Online Consultation Summary

JIBC Fire Officer Program Redesign Online
Consultation Summary
Emailer Statistics
  • Total completed responses 447
  • Response rate 6.7
  • Represents an excellent cross section of the fire
    service in BC

  • Respondents

Department Location by Zone
  • 53 of respondents were from Zone 1 or Zone 2
  • International locations included Saudi Arabia,
    Europe, Africa and Hawaii

Department Size
  • 53 of respondents work in a department with 10
    50 members

Department Make Up
  • 44 of respondents work in a composite
    department a department comprised of volunteer
    and career members

Current Position
  • 26 are Fire Fighters
  • 45 hold Chief Officer or Fire Officer positions

Active Service Length
  • 48 are long serving fire service personnel over
    15 years experience
  • Only 16 of respondents have less than 5 years of

Fire service training
Level of Fire Service Training
  • 27 of respondents have completed either Fire
    Officer I or II
  • Only 4 of respondents have completed Fire
    Officer I-IV

Fire Service Training External to Department
  • 78 of respondents have taken fire service
    training external to their department
  • Comments indicated that they have taken a wide
    variety of courses and programs, many of them
    through the JIBC

Fire Officer Training
  • 69 of respondents have taken some Fire Officer
  • Suggests majority of respondents are experienced
    fire service personnel

Fire Officer Training Location
  • 60 received Fire Officer training at the JIBC

Experience Ranking JIBC Fire Officer Training
  • Highest ranked factor Valuable at 63 -
    suggests students found program content to be
    valuable in furthering their careers
  • Lowest ranked factor Affordable at 38

Factor Importance
  • Most Important Practical content 96 ranked
    as important or very important
  • Least Important Program Affordability 72
  • Seventy percent of respondents ranked all five
    items as Important or Very Important

Additional Important Topics
  • Fire suppression courses and education
  • Improving communication and communication styles
    between department members
  • Improving people skills
  • Building quality relations with government
  • Life management skills away from the job stress
    management, health and fitness

Program feedback
Support Proposed Approach
  • Strong support for proposed approach
  • Undecided questions about courses and skills

Impact of Time Reduction
  • 77 of respondents feel the significantly reduced
    time commitment would motivate them to complete
    all four levels of the program.
  • Provides support for reduced timeframe in
    proposed Fire Officer I-IV program.

Awareness of Bachelor Degree
  • 69 of respondents are aware of the Bachelor of
    Fire Safety Studies Degree offered by the JIBC.

Education Importance
  • 91 of respondents view education as important
  • The Fire Officer Program is a clearly defined
    part of our education path was identified as
    very positive

Education Goals Personal
  • 66 - Certification to NFPA Standards 44 -
    Skills Development, non-Accredited 39 -
    Diploma 37 - Bachelors Degree

Education Goals - Department
  • Personal and department education goals are
    almost identical in two categories
    Certification to NFPA Standards and Skills
    Development, Non-Accredited (see previous slide)
  • Diploma or Degree ranks considerably higher as a
    personal goal

Factor Importance - After being presented with
more information about the program
  • Accessibility and Practical, interactive, and
    hands-on learning are the two most important
  • All four factors ranked high in importance to

Delivery Methods
  • Online delivery top ranked 44
  • Results support offering multiple delivery
    methods including delivering the courses
    remotely in order to meet student needs

Proposed Program Support
  • 69 support or strongly support the proposed
    program changes.
  • 20 somewhat support proposed program

Additional Comments
  • Respondents were encouraged to provide any
    additional comments on the final page. Common
    responses included
  • Positive
  • Grateful that feedback was requested would like
    to see it incorporated
  • Appreciate multiple delivery methods increase
    ability for members outside the lower mainland to
    complete the program
  • Reduced timeframe allowing for easier completion,
    meeting varying needs of students
  • Concerns or questions
  • Lack of people skills taught
  • Course transferability and impact on current
  • Reduced timeframe, reduction of skill sets

In response to you your concerns and questions we
have made the following adjustments
  • Shorter, more focused courses making the program
    more accessible and affordable. Reducing time
    away from work for both career and volunteer fire
  • Increased accessibility with the introduction of
    flexible delivery options including on-line,
    in-house, face-to-face or any combination
  • Content that is more relevant as it directly
    relates to NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer
    Professional Qualifications
  • Clearly defined education path allowing greater
    access to advanced education such as our Diploma
    and Bachelors Degree and
  • Increased opportunity for recognition of
    certificates completed at other accredited
    institutions (IFSAC or ProBoard)
  • You also asked us to give further consideration
    to the following areas
  • Enhancing the area of leadership, including
    adding content on conflict resolution and dealing
    with people we did by creating 2 courses
    Frontline Leadership I and II
  • Communicating how the proposed changes will
    affect those already enrolled in the Fire Officer
    Program. clearly articulated bridging and
    one-on-one advising available
  • Ensured that quality of content and instruction
    is not lost in the revised program.
  • We listened closely to what you said!
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